By Sharon Morsink (CASCA EPO Committee member & CASCA-2017 co-organizer)
(Cassiopeia – Spring/printemps 2017)
This year’s CASCA conference in Edmonton will feature an invited talk by Alan Nursall in the Education and Public Outreach session. Alan is the President and CEO of Telus World of Science Edmonton, Edmonton’s Science Museum. He also hosts a weekly science segment on Discovery Channel Canada’s show Daily Planet. Past positions include Science Director at Science North in Sudbury. He holds an MSc in geography and meteorology from the University of Alberta. He has extensive science communication experience through his work at science centres and on television.
In a recent interview he was asked « Why is it important to get people excited about science? » His answer: « People always say, `Science takes the beauty out of everything.’ No, it doesn’t! Science is gorgeous. We need to have a continuous, ongoing discussion about how we understand our world, and science is one of the lenses. »
Alan Nursall’s talk will inspire us to continue to communicate our love of astronomy to the public.